Where Did the Tradition of Wearing Wedding Veils Come From and What Does it Symbolize?

Although veils for women are today associated with Muslims, their origin goes back at least three thousand years before Mohammed was even born.

Outside of the Middle East, this symbol of modesty had all but disappeared by 400 B.C. when the Romans introduced sheer, translucent veils into the wedding ceremony to remind the woman that she was entering a new life of submission to her husband.

Wedding veils also predate the wedding dress by several centuries.

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